In “normal” non-Covid times scorecards are marked and returned as follows:
A player’s scorecard must be marked by a fellow competitor or a marker appointed by the Committee.
After each hole, the marker should confirm with the player the number of strokes on that hole and enter that gross score on the scorecard.
After the round the marker must certify the hole scores by signing the scorecard. If the player had more than one marker, each marker must certify the scores for those holes where he or she was the marker.
During the round, the player should keep track of his or her scores for each hole. After the round the player should check the scores entered by the marker. The player must not change a hole score entered by the marker except with the marker's agreement.
The player should ensure that their name, Course Handicap, the date and the competition name are recorded before signing the scorecard and promptly returning it to the Committee, after which the player must not change the scorecard. Scorecards returned without these details or with a hole score lower than the actual hole score will lead to disqualification; see Rules of Golf, Rule 3.3b.
Any disputes or clarifications regarding the Rules of Golf should be raised with the Committee before returning the scorecard.
- Failure to add up the scores correctly does not warrant disqualification.
- Although the Rules of Golf do not make it mandatory for Handicap Index and Playing Handicap to be entered on the scorecard, it is recommended that they are recorded.
- While not mandatory, it assists the Committee if the holes where handicap strokes are received are indicated and the points scored on each hole are recorded.
- See Appendix Z for examples of how to fill in a scorecard for different formats of competition.
Holes Not Completed
For handicap purposes, holes where a gross score is not entered are recorded as Net Double Bogey for determining the Score Differential on the player’s Scoring Record.
Note: Net Double Bogey is determined using the player’s Course Handicap, not the player’s Playing Handicap. For example, a player with a Course Handicap of 18 playing in an individual stableford competition receives 17 strokes (using 95% Handicap Allowance). When playing the Stroke Index 18 hole which is (say) a par 3, the player wouldn’t get a handicap stroke, so:
3 strokes = 2 points, 4 strokes = 1 point, 5+ strokes = 0 points
If they don’t hole out, their Scoring Record will show 3 (par) + 1 (h/c stroke) +2 (double bogey) = 6, even though they may have been able to hole out for 5. For this reason players should endeavour to hole out for net bogey (based on Course Handicap) even when they can’t score any points on the hole.
Holes Not Played
For handicap purposes, holes not played for a valid reason are recorded as follows for determining the Score Differential on the player’s Scoring Record:
- In a 9 hole round, all holes must be played for a 9 hole score to be submitted for handicap purposes.
- If 14 or more holes have been played, the player will be given a score of Net Par for the holes not played.
- If 10, 11 or 12 holes have been played, the player will be given Net Par + 1 on the first hole not played and Net Par for the remaining holes.
Note: Net Par is determined using the player’s Course Handicap, not the player’s Playing Handicap.
Returning of Scores
As soon as possible after the round, the player should enter his or her scores for each hole into the computer via the PSI screen or HowDidiDo Mobile Score Input and post the scorecard in the designated place, usually the letter-box outside the office for Men’s & Open to All competitions, the box in the locker room for Ladies competitions and the Seniors box for Seniors competitions. The scorecard is considered ‘returned’ as soon as this is done.
Scores must be returned even if the round or any holes have not been completed. Where appropriate, the Committee will calculate an adjusted gross score for the holes not completed.
A fundamental principle of the Handicap system is that the player will make every effort to score his/her best in each round. All of a player’s scores are taken into account when the Annual Review is done and it is important that No Returns reflect the actual performances of the player. Entering no score at every hole distorts this and makes additional work for the Committee.
Failure to return scorecards and/or enter scores into the computer without good reason may result in the player losing the right to compete in Club Competitions for a specified period or, for more persistent offences, to have their handicap suspended for an appropriate period.